President Bush rolls up his shirtsleeve upon arriving at Caterpiller's Aurora facility in Montgomery, Ill., to sign the $286.4 billion highway and mass transit legislation that Congress passed just before the summer break, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005. The 1,000-page bill includes funding for some 6,000 pet projects for lawmakers in their home districts and took nearly two years for Congress to reach a compromise the White House would accept. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Updated: November 4, 2012 6:06AM
Illinois is a “safe state” for President Obama, according to a September poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Looking at just voters in suburban Chicago, the SIU poll found Obama leads Republican Mitt Romney 50 percent to 31 percent with about 9 percent undecided. Some 2.5 percent identified someone else as their pick.
Statewide, Obama holds a comfortable lead over Romney in his bid for re-election — 47 to 34 percent, the SIU pollsters said.
The poll of 1,261 registered voters statewide was taken Sept. 4-10 and has a margin for error of 2.77 percentage points. The suburban Chicago numbers are based on 637 voters; that poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
Here’s how local counties have voted in recent presidential elections.
2008 presidential election (percent of the vote)
2004 presidential election
2000 presidential election